What's hot: The Fort De Soto area is great for redfish schools. I start at a shoreline where mullet are jumping. This time of year, when the water temperature is high, mullet reveal several things: There is enough oxygen in the water, and the spot is grassy area. Redfish forage in the grass looking for crabs and shrimp.
Setting up: Redfish are probably the most wary fish in our area. Use the lowest setting on a trolling motor to avoid spooking the fish. Figure out what direction the school is traveling, then cast the bait in front of it and wait.
Tackle: I target reds with 10-pound braided line. Braided line, when I'm set up with the wind at my back, allows for longer casts. The farther away I can stay from the fish the better. Twenty-pound camouflage leader with a 2/0 circle hook will provide a high hookup ratio. A circle hook is designed to slowly set itself. When the line comes tight, don't set the hook, just reel.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.